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Stockholm hotel apologizes for hosting populist pol gala

  • FILE - This Oct. 12, 2016 file photo shows the exterior view of the Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm's posh Grand Hotel has apologized for hosting an awards ceremony for right-wing, populist politicians in Europe, saying on Sunday Nov. 6, 2016, it never should have taken the booking. (Stina Stjernkvist/TT via AP, File)

    FILE - This Oct. 12, 2016 file photo shows the exterior view of the Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm's posh Grand Hotel has apologized for hosting an awards ceremony for right-wing, populist politicians in Europe, saying on Sunday Nov. 6, 2016, it never should have taken the booking. (Stina Stjernkvist/TT via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage speaks during a press briefing ahead of the European Freedom Awards held at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm's posh Grand Hotel has apologized for hosting an awards ceremony for right-wing, populist politicians in Europe, saying on Sunday Nov. 6, 2016, it never should have taken the booking. (Vilhelm Stokstad/TT via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage speaks during a press briefing ahead of the European Freedom Awards held at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm's posh Grand Hotel has apologized for hosting an awards ceremony for right-wing, populist politicians in Europe, saying on Sunday Nov. 6, 2016, it never should have taken the booking. (Vilhelm Stokstad/TT via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Stockholm's posh Grand Hotel has apologized for hosting an awards ceremony for right-wing, populist politicians in Europe, saying it never should have taken the booking.

After a flood of protests on social media and cancelations by would-be guests, the 5-star hotel said in a statement Sunday that it should have broken the contract for the European Freedom Awards gala as soon as it realized the event would "cause strong reactions among our guests and our partners."

Several populist leaders participated in the ceremony put on by the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats party on Friday, including former UK Independence Party chief Nigel Farage.

Chief executive Pia Djupmark says the hotel would review its policy of never canceling a contract, especially "as so many had thought we ... had no moral compass whatsoever."